NY’s radical AG seeks to dissolve National Rifle Association
New York’s radical Attorney General, Letitia James, in her most radical move yet, filed suit against the National Rifle Association (NRA) saying “NRA executives misused charitable funds for personal gain, awarded contracts to friends and family members and provided contracts to former employees to ensure loyalty,” according to National Public Radio.
The suit seeks to dissolve the NRA, which is registered as a non-profit under New York law.
“We are seeking an order to dissolve the NRA in its entirety,” said James at a press conference.
James had previously said she’d be making an announcement today with national significance and some suggested she’d be going after President Donald Trump, a previous target of the NY AG’s office under James.
“At the White House on Thursday, the president assailed the lawsuit as a ‘very terrible thing’ and urged the group to move to Texas. ‘It would be a great place for the NRA,’ Trump said,” according to Bloomberg News.
James is one of a slate of newly minted radical attorney generals at the state and local level, who are supported by George Soros, and who want to use the office to pursue progressive aims.
Last year, the NRA was involved in an intermural fight between longtime NRA chief Wayne LaPierre and then-NRA President Oliver North. Liberals are now hailing the break with North as one key to the current NY AG lawsuit.
“His departure revealed a fractured organization and internal power struggle in which North and his supporters had reportedly tried to oust LaPierre, the NRA CEO and Executive Vice President who has led the organization of more than 5 million members since 1991,” says NBCNews.
But James had previously vowed to investigate the organization while campaigning for New York’s top legal position.
The New York suit seeks to punish individual executives on the NRA, specifically Wilson “Woody” Phillips, a former treasurer and chief financial officer; Joshua Powell, a former chief of staff and the executive director of general operations; and John Frazer, the corporate secretary and general counsel for misuse of the organization’s funds for personal gain.
The NRA had previously dismissed the investigation as serving a “partisan purpose — not an actual concern that the NRA is not effectively using its assets to pursue its members’ interests.”
In fact, says the NRA, the organization actively supports its members’ interests and is the most widely known and oldest civil rights organization in the U.S. It also considers Trump amongst its staunchest allies, which better explains the obsession of the New York AG.
“In July, [the NRA] endorsed Trump’s re-election for the White House, saying he had ‘done more than any president to protect the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms,’” says NBC News.
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